AMY CROWTHER played in both sections of the Huddersfield Eagles Junior Tournament – and was a winner all the way!
With England international Sarah Bok a special guest, two tables of six pairs battled it out (all from voluntary coaching sessions at the Eagles).
There were two trophies up for grabs, plus one for the clash of the tables, and Amy agreed to play in both sections because a player dropped out.
She did magnificently, playing 10 straight games and ending up eligible to play in both finals!
A substitute was used for one of those, but Amy gained reward in the ‘red’ final when she teamed up with Kirandeep Kaur to beat two recent players to the Eagles, Sam Crilly and Peter Ellis, who are ones to watch for the future.
This final was scored by Wendy Bok, a Huddersfield Badminton league player and Sarah’s mother, and proved to be an exciting test of stamina.
Rallies were fought tooth and nail until eventually Crowther and Kaur took the title in a hard battle to win 21-17.
The blue table, with players from the intermediate and advanced coaching sessions, also featured neck-and-neck play – many games scoring into the high 20s.
Molly Holman and partner Oliver Platt played terrific games of tactics and power to earn their place in the final.
Facing them were Sukhjeet Sodhi, winner of last year’s tournament (with Sam Kershaw). This year he teamed up with Jacob Booth.
The game was scored by Sarah Bok and provided great entertainment for those watching. After a thrilling battle, Sodhi and Booth took the title 21-17.
The battle of the tables ended the matches, with Crowther and Kaur courageously battling Sodhi and Booth.
Both parings were extremely tired but unwilling to give in, pushing all boundaries to the limit. It proved to be a great show of sportsmanship, technical ability and tactical awareness, with Crowther and Kaur taking the honours – and some giant chocolate eggs! – with a 21-19 scoreline.
Sarah Bok, who was thanked for her support of the Eagles, presented England Badminton t-shirts to Sodhi and Crowther for their excellent play throughout the tournament.
The Eagles were set up in 2008 after Hayley Smtih, Mike Hall and Ron Mellor qualified at level 2 as Badminton England coaches. The need for a junior coached club was recognised and hard voluntary work has been undertaken to achieve almost 50 members (aged six to 16) training on Friday nights and Sunday mornings.
Further information about junior badminton, contact Mike Hall on 07850485749 or Hayley Smith on 07921311002.